Latitude 53 Blog

Latitude 53 is an artist-run centre in downtown Edmonton, AB, Canada. This blog includes information on our exhibitions, our video podcast, and more. Our purpose is to encourage contemporary artistic practices and to foster the development and exhibition of experimental art forms. Latitude 53 provides a forum for dialogue about contemporary art practices through exhibitions, performances, readings, seminars, workshops, and interpretive programming.

Recent Blog Posts

Pest Control wants you to succeed at Visualeyez 2017
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The local artists of Pest Control, Kai Villneff and Sarah Ormandy saw the theme of awkwardness as a way to push their creative effort to break down the fourth wall. The two artists have a background in theatre arts, but were drawn to performance art as a way to create content that has a direct c...
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Awkwardness and the power of performance art
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For 17 years the Visualeyez festival has provided space for performance artists to craft and present performances in spaces we may not be used to as observers. Just as the act of performance art itself challenges cultural norms, Visualeyez has focused in on a theme that questions our contemporary...
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Celebrate performance art
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The 17th edition of Visualeyez starts September 26th. With the annual festival of performance art about to begin, we thought we’d take a look back at the very first edition. This review of Visualeyez appeared in issue five, volume 3 of the print publication fifty3. Todd Janes recapped the ...
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From the archives: subversiveness of street art
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For this week’s edition of “From The Fifty3 Archive” we take a dive all the way back to 2002 with Shara Rosko’s article Neighbourhood Watch. In her article, Rosko discusses the role of street artists as interventionists in public space, and their ability to infiltrate the urban realm to communica...
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The party is local
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Homecoming is a celebration of a return to community. We want to welcome new students, Latitude 53 alumnni, supporters old and new and in between. And we’re glad to show off some of the best our homebase in Edmonton has to offer. We have a number of local businesses who stepped up to provide a we...
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The self is sour ground: A critical reflection on Autospect
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Autospect by Calgary-artist Kale Vandenbroek is up at Latitude 53 until September 9. Brad Fehr, an Edmonton-based artist, and recent graduate of UofA fine arts program takes a close look at self-reflection, suspicion and masculinity found in Autospect. There is a sense of the cryptic in Autospect...
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Love and support from our community
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Love and support from our community
We’ve asked the makers in our community to help raise money for Latitude 53 by donating a piece to our silent auction for Homecoming. As people return to school, to work, to new projects and new homes it’s an opportunity to add a new creative piece to our home and work space.Perhaps y...
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A patio party to welcome you home
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A patio party to welcome you home
The final patio party of the season will be a celebration and welcome home from summer’s adventures. Homecoming will be that first school dance and a reunion of friends. We’re celebrating the great community spirit of our innovative and friendly city and connecting long-time Edmontoni...
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Profile on community
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The community gallery space is designed for non-profits and community groups that are interested in exploring issues through visual art. We are interested in collaborations that bridge diverse groups within the Edmonton region, introducing members of the city’s visual arts communities to other gr...
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Where people go, art follows
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Where people go, art follows
Originally published in a 2006 issue of Fifty3 Magazine (Volume 7 Issue 2) Neil Parmar’s article “Art in Space” shines light onto the seemingly unusual crossroads between space travel and art. In this issue of From the Archives, we examine a timeline of people’s efforts to bring art to space and ...
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